Problems reinstalling Windows XP, File Missing/Corrupt

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by kev59, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. kev59

    kev59 OSNN Senior Addict

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    i am trying to install xp and have 2 problems
    1st out of 40gb hard drive it will only see 840mb so how can i get into fdisk
    2nd problem when i try and install xp it installs the files and yhen says the following file is missing or corrupt:(windows root>system32\hal.dll. please re-install a copy of the above file
     
  2. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Re: install xp

    1st prob, you'll need win98 boot disk (floppy, unless you have a win98 boot cd).
     
  3. kev59

    kev59 OSNN Senior Addict

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    Re: install xp

    how do i get one of them don't no any one with windows 98
     
  4. madmatt

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    Thread title modified.

    Please be more specific with your thread titles in the future.
     
  5. kev59

    kev59 OSNN Senior Addict

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    sorry ok
     
  6. kev59

    kev59 OSNN Senior Addict

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    ok now formatted but still coming up with error message
     
  7. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    Is the CD scratched? burned? was downloaded?

    EDIT: Have you tried a spare CDROM?
     
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2006
  8. Arniestan1

    Arniestan1 OSNN Addict

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    Hmmm? wonder why you're reinstalling? Could it be maybe you tried a linux distro and now done with that you can't run windows setup? Well this is common with "some" linux that alter the boot sector of the hard drive to make it unrecognized by windows. Been there, done that. So I boot to my floppy with WD's diagnostics tool and run a quick format. Then all is fine with windows setup.
     
  9. Bman

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    Re: install xp

    you do not need windows 98 to get that boot disk, you could make it within Windows XP very easily.
     
  10. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    If the CD is scratched it will give errors such as the ones you mentioned. Also if your CD/DVD drive is acting up will do the same. Do as Admiral Michael suggested, get another CD drive. I came across errors like this many moons ago doing an install. Also, come to think of it, clean the drive. They are probably read errors.